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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 08:59:25 -0400

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Media Call: President Trump's Middle East Agenda

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:01:41 -0400

After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House next week, President Donald J. Trump will embark on his first international trip on May 19, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel. Panelists on this on-the-record teleconference discussed the significance of the president's visit and his objectives in the region, particularly as they pertain to the fight against the self-declared Islamic State and forging a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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Human Rights and Diplomacy

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:33:54 -0400

David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's human rights policy.

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The Crisis in Venezuela

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:05:12 -0400

Experts discuss the ongoing political and economic upheaval in Venezuela, including how policies implemented over the past fifteen years are shaping the current crisis.

SPEAKERS
Julia Buxton, Senior Advisor, Venezuela, Oxford Analytica Inc.
Shannon K. O'Neil, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

PRESIDER
Jason Fargo, Latin America Team Leader, Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.


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Adrift in Afghanistan

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:50:54 -0400

As the war in Afghanistan drifts back into the public spotlight, Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that five “urgent questions must be answered about the near- and long-term future of the fight.” The United States must clarify its definition of stability and success in Afghanistan, determine whether the Taliban, ISIS, or both is the enemy, discuss how many troops are needed on the ground, and create plans for stemming the loss of life among Afghan forces and for bringing an end to the war. 

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How to Clean Up the Mess in Venezuela

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:10:00 -0400

To stop the worst hemispheric crisis in decades, President Donald Trump needs a policy that includes not only tough words but also concrete actions. But the United States can’t do it alone. To help rather than hurt U.S. interests, the United States should assemble a diplomatic effort against Venezuela's increasingly repressive regime, writes Shannon O’Neil.

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United States Assistance for Egypt

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:27:37 -0400

Elliott Abrams testified before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. He gave his assessment of the security side of the U.S.-Egypt aid relationship and suggested that the United States should reconsider its security and economic assistance to Egypt. 

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How To Restore Free Speech on Campus

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:16:42 -0400

Elliott Abrams reflects on free speech and his recent visit to University of California, Berkeley.

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The Need to Change Palestinian Political Culture

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:56:46 -0400

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon and will call for a renewed commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. But both opinion polls, and actions by the Palestinian Authority glorifying terrorism and terrorists, suggest that Palestinian political culture is oriented to violence and revanchism, not to peace. Elliott Abrams argues that a change in Palestinian political culture is a necessary precondition for real peace.

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U.S. Immigration Policy and Refugee Resettlement

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:51 -0400

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Camille J. Mackler, Eric Schwartz, and Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr discuss immigration policy and refugee resettlement in the United States.

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The Future of the Middle East

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:00:47 -0400

Philip H. Gordon, Farah Pandith, and James M. Lindsay discuss the future of the Middle East.

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A Taiwanese Man’s Detention in Guangdong Threatens a Key Pillar of Cross-Straits Relations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:08:33 -0400

In this article Jerome Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen examine the case of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese human rights activist who was detained in China, and the risks his detention poses for cross-strait relations. 

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Trump's Making a Big Strategic Mistake on Human Rights

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:09:27 -0400

It’s one thing to hold your nose and work with Erdogan despite his human-rights abuses. It’s another thing to actually praise him for destroying Turkish democracy.

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The Role of Religion in Indonesian Democracy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:30:02 -0400

Jakob Tobing, Alwi Shihab, Azyumardi Azra, and Amin Abdullah discuss the role of religion in Indonesian democracy. 

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Stop Supporting Palestinian Terror

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:56:15 -0400

Should Congress cut aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ceases payments to terrorists and their families? In the new issue of National Review magazine, Elliott Abrams argues that Congress should pass the Taylor Force Act, cut the aid, and try to force a change in Palestinian political culture.

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How Will Trump Get Us From Tomahawks to the Peace Table?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:51:12 -0400

While numerous questions remain as to how the Syrian conflict will end, all sides agree that talks should continue in Geneva. “The Geneva process is exhausting and frequently has felt futile,” writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, “…but it still exists and offers a framework to end these wars.”

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Small Footprint, Small Payoff

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:38:15 -0400

Stephen Biddle, Julia McDonald, and Ryan Baker argue that training, equipping, and advising partner militaries is an increasingly popular alternative to large U.S. ground force deployments in places like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and many other places where the United States has real but limited interests at stake. Yet SFA has often yielded disappointing results in actual practice. The authors explain this pattern as the result of systematic interest misalignment between the United States and the partners it must work with in these kinds of missions—and argue that these problems are only partly remediable. The authors present ways to do better at the margin, but also argue that underlying interest misalignment will limit this tool's likely utility in the future, and that U.S. decision makers must take this into account when deciding when, where, and how to use it. 

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How Trump Can Help Cripple the Iranian Regime

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:07:05 -0400

The United States can cripple the Iranian regime if it doesn’t compromise the battle on the ground for fear of compromising arms control, argue Reuel Gerecht and CFR’s Ray Takeyh. America should fight Iran’s proxy militias in the regions, support popular movements against the Islamic Republic, and make human rights a priority for its Iran policy.

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Assessing the Iran Deal

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:31:43 -0400

Ray Takeyh testified before the Subcommittee on National Security of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government and gave his assessment of the stability of the Islamic Republic and what the United States can should do to counter Iran’s influence in the region and weaken the regime.

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When It Comes to Syria, the Ball's In Trump's Court

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:34:13 -0400

In the wake of the latest chemical attack in Syria, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions what—if anything—the Trump administration will do beyond condemn the attack. 

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Libya: A Fractured State

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:29:41 -0400

Experts examine the challenges Libya faces in regaining stability—from its ongoing civil war to the increasing danger of the Islamic State—and discuss the repercussions of foreign intervention in failing states.

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How Conflict Drives Hunger in Africa, Yemen

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:10:19 -0400

Lasting solutions to the food emergencies affecting millions of people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen require an end to violence in those countries, says World Food Program Chief Economist Arif Husain.

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The Futility of Force in Yemen

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:42:52 -0400

An escalation in U.S. counterterrorism strikes is unlikely to degrade the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate and a two-year-long Saudi-led air campaign is no closer to defeating Houthi rebels, says Ambassador Barbara Bodine.

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Prevention Could Be Cure for a UN in Flux

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:39:55 -0500

In selecting António Guterres as the UN’s ninth secretary-general, member states endorsed a plan to breathe new life into the institution by refocusing its work on conflict prevention. Now in office, the question is whether they will work with him to do so, writes Megan Roberts in the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory

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Women’s Contributions to Peace and Security Processes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:08:36 -0500

CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program and Center for Preventive Action co-convened a symposium to discuss how women improve security outcomes in conflict-prone areas.

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The Politics of Historicide

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:27:22 -0500

Preserving and protecting the past—preventing historicide—is essential for those who want to ensure that today’s dangerous zealots do not succeed, writes CFR President Richard Haass

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Freezing the Status Quo Will Help Bring Peace to Syria

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:57:36 -0500

Writing in the Financial Times, Philip Gordon argues that the Geneva talks on Syria must prioritize a ceasefire in place over more ambitious questions of constitutional reform and political transition.

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Religious Freedom in the United States

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:22 -0500

John Gallagher shares perspectives on the Trump administration’s approach to religious freedom in the United States.

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Egypt’s Nightmare

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:45:22 -0500

The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.

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The United Divided States: San Francisco Sues Donald Trump for Sanctuary Cities Order

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:46:03 -0500

Amidst the well-placed outrage over Trump’s Executive Order selectively banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries – including an array of critiqueslawsuits, and court decisions challenging its legality and wisdom – Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on Sanctuary Cities, which threatens to cut off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities,” has been somewhat overlooked.

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The Legal Fight Over Trump’s Authority

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:27:36 -0500

The battle over the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration raises weighty constitutional questions involving presidential power and the judiciary’s role in national security, explains expert Cristina Rodriguez.

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